Posts Tagged ‘natural’

Moisturizers

June 21st, 2009

Remember the days when while your anti-blemish moisturiser could keep those pesky spots at bay, it wasn’t exactly giving you a radiant and glowing mien? You had to practically weigh your beauty pros and cons and figure out if it was more urgent to deal with one skin problem and leave the less severe problems to be dealt with much later.

Moisturizers, like our skincare demands have grown more sophisticated¬† – both in textures and efficacies. It is now almost de rigueur for a moisturizer to lift, brighten, protect, repair, rejuvenate and even teacg your skin to produce its own moisture. For most women, applying a moisturizer is often the final step in her daily skincare routine. As the skincare finale, it is therefore only natural to expect the best and only the best. Although applying a moisturizer may be part of a daily routine, it is still a personal moment of pampering for a woman. She’s not just taking care of her skin. She is taking care of herself.

Along with our complex demands for the beauty products we use, the moisturizer has evolved into a beauty necessity where one small glop should help the skin achieve many great things.

Great beauty expectations

In a massive study conducted in France and Japan involving 1,000 women aged 20-50, Chanel Research has found that despite their various cultural and environmental differences, women in Europe and Asia have three common criteria for the ideal moisturizer:

  • It should comfort the skin when it is applied
  • It should improve the radiance and texture of the skin
  • It should enhance skin’s tone, suppleness and plumpness

Sounds like an easy enough task to fulfil? That’s only if you ignore the myriad demands each woman has for her very own moisturizer.

If the moisturizer had a job-scope, hydrating and comforting the skin is akin to a common employee showing up for work daily – it’s the basic requirement. But as every woman would be able to tell you, there’s nothing basic about her skincare needs.

Each one of us may have many skincare needs, how we want them met is nonetheless extremely specific. Two women whose skins may be described as “dry” could have very different demands when it comes to finding the moisturizers that work for them. Woman A could describe her skin as dry, sensitive and rough while Woman B could say her skin is dry, sagging and filled with fine lines. What’s more, tackling dryness may be the last thing on their minds! The first might prioritize refining her skin texture above all else and the second could just want a moisturizer for ourselves? The answer is, there’s no one right moisturizer.

And the search continues….

Are we taking the easy way out? No. If you agree that a person’s life priorities are constantly shifting, then the same holds true when it comes to a woman’s beauty priorities. In your teenage years, acne and oiliness were your main concerns. As work and life get more demanding in your 20s, the lack of radiance and increase in skin sensitivity could be problems you want tackled. Likewise, your lifestyle plays and important role too. Girls who keep late nights and smoke will see the importance of an anti-ageing moisturizer much earlier than those who keep more sane hours.

Let’s not talk about your fussy skin finding its perfect moisturizer. Even the moisturizers you find in pharmacies these days are pretty complex themselves. One that’s touted as a whitening moisturizer may actually have lifting benefits too. You find yourself asking questions like “Is this too rich?” , “Is this potent enough?”

Is it a case of the right moisturizer for the skin or the right skin for the moisturizer? Should things be allowed to get this complicated?

My suggestions

These two moisturizers work well, absorb into skin splendidly and not oily. They sure to keep your skin moist and leave the ‘plump’ effect on your skin. Works best for me!

Lancome Blanc Expert

Lancome Blanc Expert

Clinique cream moisturizer

Clinique cream moisturizer

Organic food vs conventional food

June 17th, 2009

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According to a new study by the Organic Trade Association (OTA), US sales of organic food and non-food products reached US$24.6 billion in 2008, growing 17.1% over 2007 sales, despite tough economic times. Key findings show that organic food sales alone grew in 2008 by 15.8% to reach US$22.9 billion, while organic non-food sales grew by 39.4% to reach US$1.648 billion. These growth rates indicate that organic sales are growing faster than the rate of growth for conventional food products.

Organic chickens vs conventional chickens

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When buying fresh chickens, choose organic and free-range ones. According to United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) requirements, organic chickens must be fed additive-free diets, be raised under specific and humane conditions and not be treated with antibiotics. While conventional chickens are fed diets that include by-products and fats, organic chickens are fed on corn or soy. Free-range chickens are allowed to roam freely, causing their muscles to grow naturally.

Happy pigs = healthier pork

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Raising pigs in the open and feeding them grass and herbs are increasingly popular among small-scale farms. Free-range farms with natural ventilation and sunshine not only provide a better environment but also produce healthier pigs and more hygienic pork. Such herbs as turmeric and andrographis paniculata, which are included in pigs’ feed are believed to promote growth and prevent various illnesses.

Organic milk is better

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A study found that organic milk can contain 67% more antioxidants and vitamins than ordinary milk and 60%more of a healthy fatty acid called conjugated linoleic acid or CLA9, which tests have shown can shrink tumors. The researchers believe that letting cows graze on fresh grass boosts the nutritional value of their milk. The benefits could include a lower risk of cancer and heart disease. Organic milk also contain 39% more of the fatty acid omega 3, which has been shown to cut the risk of heart disease and 32% the levels of the less healthy omega 6.

Charismatic Cate Blanchett

May 24th, 2009

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She’s broken every rule be it with her film roles or her red-carpet ensembles. Now, Cate Blanchett is reaping the rewards as she stands apart with her own signature style. Cate Blanchett turns everything we’ve taught about beauty and style on its own. Sure, with her creamy ivory and gold skin tone, she can wear any color from deep scarlet to high shine silver without being overwhelmed. But, she has a nose that doesn’t always seem to fit and eyes that are narrow and set too wide apart. However, taken together, Cate has a face that is utterly unforgettable, sexy and knowing.

Part of the secret is because she prefers a natural approach to beauty. Plus, she wears her clothes and isn’t worn by them. That’s not to say that she hasn’t made the odd fashion misstep – who hasn’t? But even then she acts as if she’s worn the slightly weird even for her outfit on purpose, just to wake us up :)

Cate, who is also global ambassador for Japanese skincare brand SK-II, looks perfectly polished in sharply tailored clothes, even the military boilersuit and sharp shina doll bob she wore in Indiana Jones And The Crystal Skull had many of us thinking about heading to the nearest Army-Navy surplus store not that we could pull the look off with such elan as her!

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At home, the 39-year-old mother of three boys, aged seven, five and a year old, is relaxed but still stylish. During her last pregnancy, she looked comfortable but pretty in china blue and white printed dresses and a sunhat. To prove that you are never too young for style, she even has her boys join her in the front row at fashion shows.

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But where La Blanchett really shines is full regalia… the red carpet gowns. She has sailed past the crowds in a one-shouldered draped gown with a long swirl of train like a ship in sail and she has slinked past the photographers in a skin-tight black lame number that few mothers of three would dare to wear.

In October 2007, she arrived at the premiere of Elizebeth: The Golden Age in a brilliant turquoise toga gown, the graceful folds trimmed with a deep black metallic stripe hid the early stages of her third pregnancy.

At the golden Globes in 2005, she pulled off a lavender blue one-shouldered gown complete with ruching, fabric flowers and a swirling train. Even so, her approach to fashion is very intellectual. “You spend half an hour with Karl Lagerfeld and he’s so keyed into current movements and he is always expanding himself. He gives you 20 books to read and you’re enriched.” And what draws her eye in fashion mags? “I certainly think that when I flick through all the magazines at the hairdresser’s, I like to see and am drawn to images of models that have an intelligence and mind at work behind them.

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Watch her details. Her mouth is always beautifully done up, often a warm nude pink or brilliant red. And her hair is never overdone. In fact, when she said, “Look, it’s one of the great mysteries of the world. I cannot answer that question. I think I am vaguely blonde.”

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Pulled back and up, or loose and wavy and a little messy, Cate always looks as if she’s just gotten up and pulled on her gorgeous gown to stroll off a movie premiere. Now that’s effortless style!